Jonathan Merritt: Hachette Speakers Bureau

Jonathan Merritt

Faith, Culture & Environmental Pioneer

Jonathan Merritt is a faith and culture writer and author of Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet. He has published over 100 articles in respected outlets such as USA Today, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Washington Post's “On Faith” blog, and Relevant, Outreach and Charisma magazines. As a respected religious voice, he has been interviewed by CNN, ABC World News, NPR, PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, The UK Guardian, The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Known for his ability to tackle difficult issues through both the written and spoken word, Merritt has become an important cultural commentator. "I believe that it's vital to navigate the toughest, trickiest, most controversial conversations," he says. "I think we need to throw the hush off of the hidden things and blow the dust off the subjects we've stored in the attics of our minds. In bravely honest conversations, we find the power to radically change the Church, the culture, and the eternal destinies of men and women."

This passion has made Merritt a sought after speaker by colleges, seminaries, churches and conferences on cultural and religious issues. He first entered the public eye when a classroom epiphany prompted him to organize a national coalition of Christian leaders who care about the creation, founding the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative. He was subsequently asked to serve on the White House’s faith-based Taskforce on the Environment and Climate.

Green Like God presents the biblical case for green living: beyond being trendy and hip, it honors the Creator-God. With ecological crises ravaging the world’s poorest people, depleting the planet’s finite supply of natural resources, and commercializing our countryside, followers of Christ are beginning to wonder what God has to say about this planet and Christians’ environmental responsibilities. Does God give principles for addressing environmental problems such as unclean water, material waste, overconsumption, mountaintop removal, air pollution, and ravenous deforestation? Green Like God says yes, and reveals what the Bible says about taking care of His—and our—planet. Scripture frequently reveals God’s commentary on the environment. In Leviticus, God says, “Don’t abuse the soil. Give it rest.” In Deuteronomy 20:19, God surprisingly tells the Israelite soldiers not to damage the fruit trees when they attack an enemy city. God also warned his followers to stop abusing his animals, and instead encouraged them “to flourish.” Highly relevant and theologically sound, this message will have a profound impact for audiences.

In this his newest book A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars (May 2012), Merritt uncovers the changing face of American Christianity by uniquely examining the coming of age of a new generation of Christians. Through personal stories and biblically rooted commentary this scion of a leading evangelical family takes a close, thoughtful look at the changing religious and political environment, addressing such divisive issues as abortion, gay marriage, environmental use and care, race, war, poverty, and the imbalance of world wealth

Merritt has earned a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC) in 2008, and is currently a Master of Theology candidate at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). He resides outside of Atlanta and actively serves and teaches at Cross Pointe Church.

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